Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Drum busking duo takes Toronto by storm (includes video)

(Canada Chronicles continued ...)

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Inspired by Muhtadi, working on the drumming documentary with Leda Serene Films (explore their website) and the various classes and drum circles/jams I've been experiencing, I couldn't resist purchasing my 'gift' of a new drum at Saikou's drum shop.

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J gets a rhythm going

Yesterday was a public holiday (Vctoria Day). J and I went drumming high up on the steps leading to Casa Loma. It was a scenic, quiet spot (so that we would not disturb residential dwellers). The first person to give us audience was an old jazz drummer from New Orleans with a name I have since forgotten. He sat and watched as we drummed, took a picture of us and told us that he knew Saikou (where our drums are from), Muhtadi and also Bill Trotman from Trinidad. After he left, several tourists on their way up to the landmark paused and took in our renditions.

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Our first 'donation' of $1 from an Oriental fan

Luckily I had my hat with me. I put it on the ground before us as we drummed. Several tourists (mainly enthusiastic Chinese? Japanese? people with cameras) stopped and took photos near to us or posing directly with us. We were like a tourism spectacle.

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We gave thanks to our contributors with drum rolls.

Within one and a half hours of impressing new fans with varied drum patterns, we made $1.91 CAD (The equivalent of a little over $10TT). Not much in the grand scheme of things, but the excitement of getting any money at all in the hat was enough to make our day. We're saving that money to put in the hat next time we go drum-busking (in a busier area this time). When money is in the hat other people will be more encouraged to add to our 'busking bank'.

(Below: short video clip of the experience)

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Anonymous mawasi experience said...

Hi hi Elspeth,
Blessings to YIPPY HIPPY team also,
congrats on this drum journey & effort. seems really 'aliving' and yu enjoying , 'donatiuons & all.
Blest wishes top yu & Muthadi.
Yu in my prayers.
Alafia. God Bless
peter telfer (758 1767)
tues 22may07-0730hrs

6:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now THAT is cool!!


9:11 AM  
Anonymous stargirl said...

Why am I not surprised? I knew that the gift had to be a drum.

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Keda said...

you see! everything is amazing! just so!

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that drum spirit is strong, great love, great vibes....simply nice specky....so so many ways. I love it.


10:13 AM  
Anonymous Rahil Babooram said...

excellent :)

10:36 AM  
Anonymous frances said...

It is wonderful to see you out there living and breathing on the streets like real people.Here I feel we fear the streets.Opportunities are limited and people live in fear! Be free while you may.

11:13 AM  
Anonymous mary said...

I agree with Fran. Be free and enjoy your drumming experience. Tobago might be a good place to continue.

7:51 AM  

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